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What Is Respite?

Respite is a facility-based program offering temporary oversight for individuals with developmental disabilities who live at home with their caregivers. Respite staff is there to ensure and provide for the safety, well-being, and daily living needs of the individuals in respite care. The purpose of respite care is to provide temporary relief to the customary caregiver. Respite is not a babysitting service or a service where an individual is dropped off so that the primary caregiver can attend school, work, etc., but is meant for temporary relief to the customary caregiver. Respite through Cole County Special Services is for someone that receives their primary services and funding through the Department of Mental Health (DMH). Respite serves Cole County residents age 13 and older, who are approved.


What Happens When I Decide To Use Respite?

  • Notify your Case Manager that you are interested in Respite services.
  • Talk to the Director of Community Services.
  • Make an appointment to visit and tour the facility with the Director of Community Services.
  • Complete a Cole County Respite information packet provided by the Director of Community Services.
  • Get an annual TB test.

How Do I Schedule Respite?

  • Call 573-636-2375 and let Respite staff know that you need to schedule a respite stay for your family member.
  • Scheduling is first come-first serve with a minimum two-week notice. Exceptions will be made for emergencies as available.

What To Bring To Respite:

  • Completed admission form (or complete the form at the facility upon arrival).
  • Enough medicine to last the entire respite stay. Medications must be in the original containers with correct pharmacy labels.
  • Enough clothing and personal supplies for the scheduled stay.
  • Enough money for planned activities. e.g., shopping, dining out, movies etc. subject to availability.

What Are PAS Services?

  • PAS (Personal Attendant Services) are supports provided to people with developmental disabilities to assist them with tasks essential for daily living. These tasks may include bathing, shopping, cooking and other activities of daily living.
  • PAS are offered on a limited basis and are for clients that reside with a caregiver or on their own.
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